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January 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

IEEE on the Kuri Robot

IEEE on the Kuri Robot

Previously mentioned.  The Kuri Robot, by Bosch and Mayfield,  scheduled to be out later this year.  ... Mayfield Robotics Announces Kuri, a $700 Home Robot   By Evan Ackerman.   Appears to be a solution that attempts to create…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predicting Machine Problems with Deep Learning

Predicting Machine Problems with Deep Learning

Maintenance prediction is something we worked on.  Here a related application that has many possibilities.   How about very rare breakdown occurences?  In IEEE Spectrum: 

Deep Learning AI Listens to Machines For Signs of Trouble…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Contributions of PCAST

Contributions of PCAST

Contributions to this post were made by CCC Chair Beth Mynatt and CCC Director Ann Drobnis. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is an advisory group of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers…


From insideHPC

Video: AI – The Next HPC Workload

Video: AI – The Next HPC Workload

“From new cloud offerings on AWS and Azure, to Summit and Sierra, the 150+ PF supercomputers being built by the US in 2017, new AI workloads are driving the rapid growth of GPU accelerated HPC systems. For years, HPC simulations…


From insideHPC

China to Develop Exascale Prototype in 2017

China to Develop Exascale Prototype in 2017

The Xinhua news agency reports that China is planning to develop a prototype exascale supercomputer by the end of 2017. "A complete computing system of the exascale supercomputer and its applications can only be expected in 2020…


From insideHPC

Cray to Develop ARM-based Isambard Supercomputer for UK Met Office

Cray to Develop ARM-based Isambard Supercomputer for UK Met Office

“This is an exciting time in high performance computing,” said Prof Simon McIntosh-Smith, leader of the project and Professor of High Performance Computing at the University of Bristol. “Scientists have a growing choice of potential…


From insideHPC

DDN and Inspur Sign Agreement for Joint Sales & Marketing

DDN and Inspur Sign Agreement for Joint Sales & Marketing

Today DataDirect Networks announced a joint sales and marketing agreement with Inspur, a leading China-based, cloud-computing and total-solution-and-services provider, in which the companies will leverage their core strengths…


From insideHPC

Video: A Look at the Mogon II HPC Cluster at Johannes Gutenberg University

Video: A Look at the Mogon II HPC Cluster at Johannes Gutenberg University

In this video, Prof. Dr.-Ing. André Brinkmann from the JGU datacenter describes the Mogon II cluster, a 580 Teraflop system currently ranked #265 on the TOP500. "Built by MEGWARE in Germany, the Mogon II system consists of 814…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Leadership in a Cognitive era

Leadership in a Cognitive era

Discussion starting in the Cognitive Systems Linkedin Group.   Join us in the conversation.

Points to a Forbes article.
 How will leadership change in the Cognitive era?   Companies like IBM, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon areJacek…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Raspberry Pi Upgrade

Raspberry Pi Upgrade

Raspberry Pi upgrades Compute Module with 10 times the CPU performance ... Compute Module for embedded computing gets first big upgrade since 2014.   by Jon Brodkin

 Am a big fan of this, its cheap.  Easy to get started. Would…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Forbes on Uses of AI today

Forbes on Uses of AI today

In Forbes:  Mostly well known, and can be said that most of these are very focused applications.  The assistant applications like Siri and Alexa, can be said to be appear general, but they are still not providing general intelligence…


From The Noisy Channel

Living The Dream

Living The Dream

A year ago, I decided to take a break from full-time employment and explore a mix of consulting, advising, writing, and speaking.


From Schneier on Security

WhatsApp Security Vulnerability

WhatsApp Security Vulnerability

Back in March, Rolf Weber wrote about a potential vulnerability in the WhatsApp protocol that would allow Facebook to defeat perfect forward secrecy by forcibly change users' keys, allowing it -- or more likely, the government…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Trends in Digital Transformation

Trends in Digital Transformation


Four Trends in Digital Transformation

In  CustomerThink by Jacob Morgan

If one of the main goals of the future of work is to increase productivity and collaboration, there’s a great place to start: digital transformation. Many

Digital…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Best programming language for high performance (January 2017)?

Best programming language for high performance (January 2017)?

I keep hoping that the field of programming language will evolve. I am a bit tired to program in Java and C… I’d like better languages. I am particularly interested in what I generally call “high-performance programming”. I want…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Course about AI in the Enterprise

Course about AI in the Enterprise

Ajit Jaokar of Futuretext has an upcoming enterprise AI course.
I like the idea of aiming this at the enterprise, which is rarely done,  but needs to be done more.   Its not just about solving the problems, it is about making

Hello…


From insideHPC

Bull Atos to Build for HPC Prototype for Mont-Blanc Project using Cavium ThunderX2 Processor

Bull Atos to Build for HPC Prototype for Mont-Blanc Project using Cavium ThunderX2 Processor

Today the Mont-Blanc European project announced it has selected Cavium’s ThunderX2 ARM server processor to power its new HPC prototype. The new Mont-Blanc prototype will be built by Atos, the coordinator of phase 3 of Mont-Blanc…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at New Open Source Software for Quantum Computing

Radio Free HPC Looks at New Open Source Software for Quantum Computing

In this podcast the Radio Free HPC team looks at D-Wave's new open source software for quantum computing. The software is available on github along with a whitepaper written by Cray Research alums Mike Booth and Steve Reinhardt…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simulation Against Real World Data for Learning

Simulation Against Real World Data for Learning

Points to how games can act as simulations of the world, and emulate their operation against real world data.    Experimented with this in the supply chain space.  In TechnologyReview:

Robot Cars Can Learn to Drive without Leaving…


From insideHPC

Scaling Software for In-Memory Computing

Scaling Software for In-Memory Computing

"The move away from the traditional single processor/memory design has fostered new programming paradigms that address multiple processors (cores). Existing single core applications need to be modified to use extra processors…


From The Noisy Channel

Spelling Correction

Spelling Correction

Spelling correction is a must-have for any modern search engine.


From Schneier on Security

Cloudflare's Experience with a National Security Letter

Cloudflare's Experience with a National Security Letter

Interesting post on Cloudflare's experience with receiving a National Security Letter. News article....


From Computational Complexity

My REU program/REU's in general/Flyers? Why do some Transcripts...

I run an REU program (Research Experience for Undergraduates) and I would normally urge you to urge undergrads who would benefit to apply to it and present both this link: here and this flyer: here.



I just did that. But I want…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Service Science Readings

Service Science Readings

Service Science Innovation:  Wanted to remind people of this resource, it has recently been updated.   I have contributed with some of the work we did in enterprise.  Feel free to dive in and contribute if you like.  This isLocation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Complex Systems Similarity through Fractal Folding

Complex Systems Similarity through Fractal Folding

In Quanta Magazine: 

3-D Fractals Offer Clues to Complex Systems
By folding fractals into 3-D objects, a mathematical duo hopes to gain new insight into simple equations. .... " 

The only direct application I ever saw of fractals…


From insideHPC

Video: Tracing Ocean Salinity for Global Climate Models

Video: Tracing Ocean Salinity for Global Climate Models

In this visualization, ocean temperatures and salinity are tracked over the course of a year. Based on data from global climate models, these visualizations aid our understanding of the physical processes that create the Earth's…


From insideHPC

Registration Opens for Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference

Registration Opens for Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference. The event takes place March 15-16 in Houston, Texas. "Join us for the 10th anniversary of the Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference. OG HPC is the premier meeting place…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Benefits of RFID Data in Retail

Benefits of RFID Data in Retail

Recently received, quite interesting. 75 pages based on Macy's data.
From the Platt Research Institute.

The new PRI Working Paper, Quantifiable Benefits and Analytical Applications of RFID Data, analyzes historical data provided…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Humans are Still at Work

Humans are Still at Work

In the HBR.    For now the humans are clearly still in the loop. we can learn from some areas, like autopilots or process control here.    Helping them effectively be in the loop is part of our near term task.    It means integrating…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Another Face and Voice for the Alexa Engine

Another Face and Voice for the Alexa Engine

A new kind of speaker, Jam Voice,  it's based on the Alexa engine, but it won't listen.    Another cheaper solution in the space.   How different than that, don't know.  In theVerge.


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